A bunion is a progressive foot deformity that often affects the joint at the base of the big toe. As the bunion gets worse from putting daily Bunion Treatmentspressure on the joint when walking or wearing poorly fitted shoes, it can even cause the big toe to lean in on the other toes while also causing the joint to jut out further than normal. As you might imagine, a bunion can cause pain, stiffness and other issues for the sufferer but our Pearland and Houston, TX podiatrist Dr. Mark Moss is here to tell you what you can do to treat your bunion effectively.

How should I treat my bunion?

If you are experiencing symptoms then you want to nip this issue in the bud so that you don’t continue to deal with foot pain, swelling and other problems. Luckily, you’ll be happy to hear that your bunion can sometimes be properly managed with simple measures such as:

  • Performing certain foot stretches and exercises
  • Avoiding high heels or heels over 2 inches
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Wearing appropriately fitted shoes (your toes should be able to wiggle around freely inside your shoes)
  • Placing supportive and custom shoe inserts into your shoes to provide additional support and stability
  • Applying a bunion pad over the area before putting on shoes to protect the skin
  • Wearing a bunion splint at night

While all these measures will not realign the big toe what it can do is take pressure off the joint to reduce your chances of experiencing foot pain, inflammation or other issues.

Should I consider bunion surgery?

When people hear that the only way to truly correct this deformity is through surgery many people wonder if they should just get surgery. If you are experiencing persistent and extreme pain that is affecting your daily life and activities, or if your symptoms cannot be managed through more conservative care, surgery should be considered.

Do you think you are dealing with a bunion? Wondering whether it’s time to consider bunion surgery? If so, our Houston podiatry team is here to provide you with the answers and care your feet deserve. Call Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates in Pearland and Houston, TX today to schedule an appointment with us.